Terrible follow through and consistency in all areas of the school. Each year will be completely different (not for the good) with no notice to the families. It is not uncommon to see multiple teachers coming and going throughout the school year. The Head of School runs the place like and experiment, changing policies and curriculum on a whim, at the expense of the students. It seems at this point that the Head is just putting out fires as they arise. It's quite a shame to see such a downward spiral for Grandview. We are moving our children at the end of this year and not looking back. We are among many many other families doing the same. Academics are nothing special either.
Grandview is an incredible and family-oriented school. All schools have its flaws. Nevertheless, I have so much good things to say about this school. This school has numerous school activities. In particular, it has an excellent drama and music programme embedded into their curriculum, which made the children get out of their nutshells and allows them to shine. They have a great Jr. Innovation Programme, of which my child is currently part of, empowering children to discover their passion and learn at the same time. My child has flourished academically and has made lasting great friends, As a parent, I also got to know and made friends with the parents in my child's class, her teachers, and the staff. This school has definitely given my child a well-rounded life experience and lasting learning. It has a great leader who instils good moral lessons to the kids - the school's creed sums it all!
As a parent, when I drop off my child every morning, it feels good on my drive to work, to think that my child is going to have a great day at school as she is greeted by her teachers at the carline and being warmly welcomed by the older girls and staff as she enters into the reception. And when I pick her up after school, the glimmers in her eyes are indescribable. My child has been in this school for 2 years and fitted in like a glove with the school. It has identified her strengths and has helped her get to where she is now. We felt so lucky to have found Grandview as this has also become an extended home for my child.
When I take the time to review things, I take it very seriously. No school is all good or bad. We have had an overall very good experience here (really a 4.5). Administration is proactive and very involved. They know who each kid is--your child is not just a number. As a private school they need to solicit money (or raise fees) but they do it appropriately, respectfully, and creatively (e.g., a lottery to win free tuition). Academics focus on long term projects, student led learning, creativity and problem-solving rather than rote learning and homework...and the research backs them up that this is better for the children long run. I have a pretty good handle on what my friends' kids are doing in other schools and in most areas I think they are way ahead, but lower school math does seem to be behind. Having only one teacher per year has the positive effect of making it a small family-like environment--but if there is an issue with the teacher (which we have this year) we have to face either disrupting our child by switching schools or just trying to make it through the year. In a larger school we might just switch classes. We've had such great interactions with the caring people there but this one teacher really is not always handling her class effectively and is definitely playing favorites with kids and treating them differently. Its sad, because my review last year was a 5 (or more!). The school has immense promise & a worthy mission but needs to be more on top of what the teachers are doing (not just what they *say* they're doing). However, this is our unique experience & I'm looking forward to returning to an unqualified 5 next year....when friends ask me, I say YES this is a great school.